Happy Quarantine! Our county issued a “stay at home” order yesterday. It’s nothing new to what we’ve already been doing, but I don’t like being told what to do. I like it to be my idea, so before I was okay with staying home and now I’m like, “can’t make me”. It will pass hopefully as we settle into the new normal in hopes that our hard work of staying home pays off and this virus becomes less of a threat.
We’ve had a pretty good couple of weeks as far as setting up a structure and sticking to it. I’m not a rigid scheduler, so we just had blocks of time to adhere to, although Lorelei is ever the time keeper. Here is what we had planned:
8a-10a Breakfast and free time
10a-11a Creative time
11a-12ishp School time
12p – 1p Lunch
1p – 2p Family time
2p – 3p School time
3p – 4p Quiet time
4p – 6p Free time
In between all of that is cleaning and chores as well as appointments and errands. It’s pretty fluid which drives Lorelei and Jason, who is working from home now a little bit insane. Creative time, family time and school time are nonnegotiable. Creative time is exactly that, painting, coloring, making whatever. It’s their choice what they want to work on for that time period. School time is dictated by the packets we received and Google Classroom. Family time we decide together. It’s usually a game, a family movie, playing a Switch group game like Mario Party or Just Dance. We ventured outside earlier in the two week period which was fun.
We’ve learned to use Target Drive up and frequent Amazon for the things we need. We are very fortunate that Jason can work from home and I am in a place where I can quarantine-school the kids without much disruption. I’m actually enjoying it for the most part. 8th grade English was my favorite in school, so sharing that with Nora has been interesting. The dogs love having everyone home. My only sadness is that Jason and I had a lovely mountain retreat planned for our 10 year wedding anniversary. We had a couples massage scheduled in this beautiful spa at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. It was going to be amazing. However, if that’s our only sacrifice it’s nothing compared to what others are going through.
I’m trying to stay positive. I do creative time as well and take breaks from social media. I try to follow positive accounts, but read daily the news reports and post in Instagram stories cute, funny and beautiful things. I’m still in school, but am finding it hard to stay committed to something that seems trivial and archaic.
It seems trivial, but all of these things make me just a little bit happier in all this mess. I find myself spending most of the day tending to the children and their needs. I try my best to stay present for them, to play with them and keep the day going in hopes that this time is not seen as a tragedy or something they have to endure. I hope they see us adapt and not overreact to the limits placed on our lives right now. I do my nails or a face mask taking 30 minutes to concentrate on myself. Even cleaning my brushes makes me feel better about doing one small thing to improve my little corner of the world. The quiet time during the day is for my sanity as well! It could look very different for you. We are not without fights, arguments or frustrations. I acknowledge that there is two more months at the very least that we’ll be adjusting and doing things differently. We might all be vegetarians at that point since meat is scarce. We will get through it though, and of course we will have bad days, but hopefully we will stay safe and well. That is my wish for you and yours.